Activist held in psychiatric hospital
MOSCOW — A Russian opposition activist and journalist is being detained at a psychiatric hospital in the northern region of Murmansk for her political activities, a fellow activist said yesterday.
Larisa Arap was detained July 6 and held at a clinic in the port city of Murmansk until last Thursday, when she was transferred to a closed psychiatric hospital at Apatity more than 90 miles away, said Yelena Vasilyeva, head of the Murmansk branch of the United Civil Front of former chess champion Garry Kasparov.
Miss Arap had recently published an article claiming abuse of children in psychiatric institutions and had spoken at a June 12 demonstration organized by the front, Miss Vasilyeva said.
The United Civil Front is campaigning against President Vladimir Putin’s leadership ahead of a presidential election next March.
Remains of Muslim war victims reburied
PRIJEDOR — The remains of 147 Muslim victims of Bosnia’s 1992-95 war that were exhumed from mass graves were buried yesterday in the northern town of Prijedor.
Some 3,000 Muslims attended a religious ceremony in the city’s stadium before the remains were buried in a number of different cemeteries.
The majority of the victims were local Muslims thought to have been killed in Serb-run detention camps. Their bodies were found after the war in mass graves around Prijedor and identified by DNA analysis.
On Friday, the remains of 35 Serb soldiers and civilians who had been identified were buried in the northern city of Banja Luka.
Vacationers moved after Canary fires
LA GOMERA — Campers and residents in the Canary Islands had to be evacuated overnight while firemen fought two blazes that raged across several hundred acres, regional officials said yesterday.